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Hurricanes win controversial match over Chiefs

  • Hurricanes win controversial match over Chiefs

A late try to Chiefs halfback Augustine Pulu was ruled out for a knock forward and gave the Hurricanes a 22-18 win over the three-time champions in Wellington last night.

Pulu looked to have had the ball knocked from his grasp by Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes while Goodes lay at the bottom of a ruck but TMO Vinnie Munro ruled it accidental giving the home side the win.

Earlier Ma'a Nonu scored the Hurricanes decisive try with a miraculous intercept (watch it here) to put it ahead after the Chiefs led 13-10 at halftime.

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Nonu scored two tries in the match including the opener for the Hurricanes while flanker Ardie Savea grabbed the other close to the line.

Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai and flanker Sam Cane were the visitors try-scorers.

The Hurricanes have now won 11 from 12 matches this season and are 10 points clear of the Chiefs at the top of the New Zealand conference.

They also lead the competition overall.

On a sour note for the Wellington-based side, Goodes has been cited for a dangerous charge on Chiefs lock Matt Symons.

Hurricanes 22 (Ma'a Nonu 2, Ardie Savea tries, James Marshall 2 con, pen) beat Chiefs 18 (Charlie Ngatai, Sam Cane tries, Damian  McKenzie con, 2 pen). HT: 10-13.

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